Blue Mounds State Park
It is a park of 1,826 acres (7.39 sq km) located in the southwest corner of the State of Minnesota which protects an American bison herd that grazes on one of the state’s largest prairie remnants.
The park is named after a linear escarpment of Precambrian Sioux Quartzite bedrock, which. although pink in color, is said to have appeared blueish in the distance to early settlers.
Parts of the cliff are up to 100 feet (30 m) high, an unusual feature in the prairie landscape. It also preserves a 1,250 foot (380 m) long line of rocks aligned by Plains Indians marking where the sun rises and sets on the spring and fall equinoxes.
The park is also a favourite for birdwatchers. After the fall harvest, many deer enter the park.
See maps of the park.
Note: At this time, only the bird list is available.
We would like to thank Joni Liljedahl, Information Consultant, DNR Information Center, Information and Education Bureau, Department of Natural Resources, State of Minnesota, for information provided for this page.
(This page was updated November 2012.)